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Happy New Year 5781!

Last night at sundown marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, or, The Feast of Trumpets.
This is the celebration of the earth’s physical birthday (happy 5781!) on the 1st day of the month of Tishri (which happens to fall as the seventh month in the Jewish calendar.) Rosh Hashanah means head of the year.
Trumpets (shofars) will be blown today.
Those who still wait for a messiah consider the sound of the shofar a rousing call to repentance on the part of each individual. They will spend the next the next ten days seeking forgiveness from people they have wronged and searching their hearts for evil thoughts and deeds. Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) will be spent fasting and praying and seeking God’s forgiveness for those sins.
For the followers of Jesus, the blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when he substituted a ram to be sacrified instead of Isaac (who foreshadows Jesus).
Psalm 81 was written for Rosh Hashana.
We will celebrate today by feasting and eating sweet things (traditionally, apples and honey; however, I have a bag of carrots so I’m making a carrot and apple cake.) The sweet foods represent the sweet year to come. This will be our prayer as we partake of the sweet dessert: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, creator of the fruit of the tree.” (Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech ha’olam, borai p’ri haetz.)
Happy birthday, Earth! Happy New Year, friends!
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Looking Back and Going Forward

fireworks-243641_640Happy New Year!

I have had an eventful and rather incredible 2014. I traveled so many places and met so many amazing readers and writers. I have developed friendships with people I never would have met otherwise, and found encouragement and inspiration everywhere I went.

One thing I discovered by traveling was that I seem to be unable to write in a hotel room. I thought I would be able to spend all that time away from my home, family, and responsibilities and just delve into writing projects. It turns out that wasn’t the case, and my writing goals got shifted every month.

Despite that, even with traveling two or three times a month, I released Iron Skillet Man, the Stark Truth About Pepper and Pots; A Carol for Kent, Book 3 in the Song of Suspense Series; and started the serialized story of Virtues and Valor by releasing Temperance’s Trial, Homeland’s Hope, Charity’s Code, and A Parcel for Prudence.

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In 2015, I have a lot more writing coming to me than traveling. I will be releasing the rest of the Virtues and Valor series starting with book 5, Grace’s Ground War, on January 19th, Mission of Mercy on February 17th, and the conclusion, Flight of Faith, on March 17th.

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In 2015, I’ll also be publishing the 4th Song of Suspense book, A Harmony for Steve.

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After Harmony releases, I’ll be working on another sibling trilogy similar in style and genre to The Jewel Series about triplet Russian brothers. I’m very excited about that trilogy and pray that it is as emotionally charged as the Jewels have proven to be.

I’ll be bringing you regular character interviews. If you have a favorite character, send me a question to ask them in their interview!

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And, as always, I’ll have regular Christian author guests and fantastic giveaways.

Thank you for starting the year with me. I hope that you have a fabulous year ahead and look forward to sharing it with you!
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Writing Goals

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Happy New Year! I’m writing this post with my phone. My kids were at my parents’ house for a couple of days, and Scott came down with Type A influenza.  So, I left home in a hurry to do the 5-hour-drive, and inadvertently left my computer at home. But, I can still do this blog post, clumsy as it may be! It has been an incredible year. I have been amazed and humbled by the way God is using me and developing my ministry.

Here are my writing goals for 2014:

virtues1. Publish the serialized Virtues and Valor novellas.  This will be one continuous story about a rescue mission of a female spy in World War II, with each book having a different character’s point of view. There will be 8 total stories, and the plot will not conclude until the final story.  I will publish one a month, or one every two weeks once I start.  I’m really looking forward to it.

2. Publish A Carol for Kent, book 3 in the Song of Suspense Series.

3.  Begin my Renkoff Brothers series, love stories involving triplet brothers of Russian immigrants. I LOVE the Renkoffs.

4. Bring back my Readers Write to Know author interviews on Wednesdays, and have a giveaway with each interview.

5. Launch Muse Mondays linky as a way to connect to other author blogs.

5. Attend the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, the Romance Writers of America Conference, and the Romance Novel Writers Conference. I will also be at several other events including the Arizona Dreamin’ and RomCon.

6. Have some form of a speaking or book signing event at least once a month.

7. For Olivia Kimbrell Press, my husband, Gregg, and I hope to expand our ministry to include assisting other indie published Christian authors. More details will come about that as our ministry develops. We’ve joined the Christian Small Publishers Association as the first step.

I also developed goals at Hallee the Homemaker, including my cookbook goals.  You can find them at this blog post.

What are your goals for the coming year?

Hallee

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